The Bill for Our Rights

(from funnyjunk.com)
[Ed: This is updated from its original DRGO appearance in 2015.] On Wednesday this week we all should have been jubilantly celebrating the 226th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, the original 10 amendments to the United States’ federal constitution. Remarkably, it slipped by relatively unremarked. Yet our Bill of Rights may actually be the most significant of our republic’s founding documents. The Declaration of Independence announced our nationhood. The Constitut...
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Sociologists Cling to Their Religion Against Guns

(from vox.com)
Did you know that “gun laws have not been strengthened because ‘a vocal and passionate minority of gun owners continues to feel emotionally and morally dependent on guns’”? Or that "The gun [has become a] sacred object . . . [Gun control for some gun owners] has come to represent an attack [on] masculinity, independence, and moral identity"? And that "The symbol of the gun as morally and existentially empowering is what activates pro-gun policy and anti-government sentiment”? Probably not...
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“Medical Journalism” is Neither

(from murraysreview.com)
The American Medical Association, via its flagship publication Journal of the American Medical Association, is turning up the heat. Apparently unable to comprehend the shifting American dynamic toward increasing respect for gun owners, they’ve featured several recent commentaries beating the dead horse of the  "public health gun crisis”. The November 14 edition of JAMA features 2 articles flogging the 'public health firearm epidemic crisis', to mix metaphors only a little more than they d...
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“Gun violence” does not fit the public health model of disease

(from newscenter.sdsu.org)
The oft chanted mantra that firearms are like viruses is patently untenable. Viruses are living organisms—they replicate and perform actions independently. To consider firearms alive, self-replicating and capable of independent action requires an absence of rationality. Now, to the public health model. It is predicated on education about, then modification and eradication, of a problem. Study should begin with examining history, epidemiology, utility, and a cost benefit ratio. Firearms...
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Mass Shooting Derangement (MSD) syndrome and the modern liberal PC ethos

(from scmp.com)
[Ed: This is republished, slightly edited, with permission from HaciendaPublishing.com, November 9. It is something of a follow up to Dr. Faria's comments in "Gun Statistics--Should they be tortured or gently crose-examined?"] Che Guevara, an icon of the left, thought that socialism and egalitarianism would create a “new socialist man” dedicated to the common good without the need of material incentives to work and live. Che lived long enough to see it did not, although he persisted. Soci...
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Domestic Violence: No Duty by the State to Protect Against Criminal Abusers—Part 2

(from secureteen.com)
[Ed: This is the second part of Roberts' paper written for the Department of Political Science in Austin Peay University's pre-law program. This excellent summary of these domestic violence issues should be available to a wider audience. Part 1 is here.] Many cases involving domestic abuse victims involve children. “5 million children grow up with domestic violence each year; 40 million adult Americans grew up living with domestic violence.” [Childhood Domestic Violence Association.] (mo...
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Domestic Violence: No Duty by the State to Protect Against Criminal Abusers—Part 1

(from thinglink.com)
[Ed: This is the first of two parts of Roberts' paper written for the Department of Political Science in Austin Peay University's pre-law program. This excellent summary of these domestic violence issues should be available to a wider audience. Part 2 on Friday.] ABSTRACT             Relevant to family law in the United States, domestic violence remains a staggering matter. Law enforcement, judges, and legal professionals agree that this subject matter requires more scrutiny. Despite relatio...
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We Are At War

(from startribune.com)
Yes, you read that correctly; we are at war. We are at war with people who wish to do Americans harm.  No matter the motivation, reason, scope or method; in the grand scheme of things, those factors are not important.  The fact that we are at war is real and troubling. What is more troubling however is that a substantial portion of Americans and politicians don't grasp this. Nor do they grasp that individuals have a natural right to defend themselves in this war. (more…)
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